Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.
1. Neutral Milk Hotel (Last week: N/A)
The band's three-night stand at the 40 Watt last week was "a bucket-list show right up there with Olivia Tremor Control or the Pixies," according to Blake, and "a punk rock party for our history books," according to me.
2. Timi Conley (Last week: N/A)
3. Bob Sleppy (Last week: N/A)
Nuçi's Space's executive director is leading the charge to save the steeple of the Oconee Street church made famous as the site of R.E.M.'s first show.
4. Cinemechanica (Last week: N/A)
Don't call it a comeback (or do): The local math-rock hotshots play their first show in two years tonight at the 40 Watt with Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving.
5. George Vernon Hudson (Last week: N/A)
He's not an Athenian, but the Brit who first proposed Daylight Saving Time reminds us all of his eternally annoying power again this weekend, when the antiquated, pointless practice rears its head and we fall back an hour.
Dropping off: AthFest Educates, UGA special teams, Bryan Poole, Paul Cramer and Pretty Lights.